Monday, February 07, 2011

TIPS ON - VITAMINS FOR CALL CENTER AGENTS

 
Source: www.howshealth.com

DISCLAIMER:  I am not endorsing any product, nor am I affiliated with any product mentioned in this post.  I also do not own a branch of "The Generics Pharmacy".  I am also not a doctor, albularyo nor a medical professional.  

1) Multivitamins


Working at night caused my health to spiral down down down (much like Jay Sean's song).  I also noticed that I got fevers and colds every other week.  After spending way too much on Decolgen and tissue, I finally decided to visit the doctor.

The good doctor then mentioned that call center agents are usually sickly -- this is because we lack sleep and have poor diets.  He then confirmed that since I had no allergies or health conditions, I should take multivitamins since it really helps the immune system.

I then asked the golden question, “anu po ba pinakamagandang multivitamin?”

And he answered, “kung ano gusto mo.” (Gusto ko sana batukan, kaso may edad na.)

I then patiently asked the Doctor to recommend the best multivitamin.  He then answered, "there is no such thing as the best multivitamin. Multivitamins vary and have different compositions, but taking any brand is better than nothing."

I then went to Mercury Drug and checked the  boxes of Clusivol, Centrum, Enervon, Revicon, Stresstabs etc.    Each multivitamin brand was somewhat similar, but varied with the mg of the vitamins.  Most had the average price of 9 Pesos per capsule, but Revicon Forte won the "cheap" award at 5 Pesos per capsule.

In the end, I decided to take Enervon-C since the jingle for "More Energy mas Happy" was running through my mind.

How about Generic Brands?
 
source:http://www.thegenericspharmacy.com/

On my next check-up, I also asked my doctor about generic multivitamins.  He said that as long as it came from a reputable pharmacy, then generic vitamins would be fine -- so don't go buying generic vitamins from Manang Andelida's Botika or some Ermitanyo.

The doctor also mentioned that generic multivitamins may be less potent than the branded ones.  I then went to The Generics Pharmacy and got the generic brand for Clusivol.  I checked the package insert (small paper thing with the vitamin information) and found that the original Clusivol did have higher doses for vitamins "C" and "B".

And in the end, may it be generic or branded -- any multivitamin is better than none.  Make sure that you just take one capsule a day or you may destroy your kidneys/liver.  Ask your doctor about it first if you have medical conditions -- otherwise, you might die and blame me.

Here's a link I found on the basics of Multivitamins:
http://www.helium.com/items/903010-the-abcs-of-multivitamins

2) Ascorbic Acid


The North American Dietary Reference Intake recommends 90 milligrams per day and no more than 2 grams (2,000 milligrams) per day source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_C

Ayan ah, kay Wikipedia na galing yan.

Unless the Multivitamins you take already has a large amount of Vitamin C (like Clusivol Power-C), you can still add vitamin C as a supplement (as long as it is within the proper dose).

Vitamin C can help the body in many ways, such as helping with infections, and the prevention of catching some viruses. However, as with all medicines, this should be taken with careful consideration.  Vitamin C can cause diarrhea or kidney stones if you are not careful.  So as usual, ask your doctor first.

I daily take a 250 mg vitamin C tablet on top of the multivitamins.  I use the brand Rhea from Mercury drug. It's only 150 pesos for 100 Tablets.



There’s also what we call Vitamin C supplements that are not acids (like Fern-C, Bewell-C, etc) http://www.fern-c.com/.
Di ako endorser nyan! It just seemed like an interesting read.

3) Sleeping supplements
 
source: http://sleepasil.com/

A co-worker told me that Sleepasil did wonders for her.  I got curious and asked the smartest entity I know if Sleepasil was indeed beneficial or not. Google immediately told me that Sleepasil was a Melatonin based drug that can enhance sleep and was not addictive or habit forming.

I then went to Mercury and bought a Capsule.  I immediately took Sleepasil when I got home.  After 30 minutes, I was so drowsy that I fell down on the floor (exaggerated) and slept like a baby.  I woke up 6hours after, and I felt oddly more refreshed than usual.

I got more curious with this drug and I researched more about it.

Sleepasil contains melatonin and Wikipedia explained this to me, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melatonin - Melatonin is a natural Hormone in the body that tells you when it’s time to sleep.  Natural Melatonin seems to do wonders, it enables rest for the body, improves the memory, the immune system, etc.

Of course, I still asked my Doctor about it.  He then said that “Melatonin should be produced normally by the body, and he advises against using anything that was not natural.  He did tell me that Sleepasil was safe since it was just a food supplement.  But he definitely mentioned that taking a drug that you don’t need is not advisable --  So I should use it ONLY when I really have to.”

So if you really have no problems sleeping, then there's use taking Sleepasil.  I only take this supplement IF I was desperate for sleep.

For more info on Sleepasil: http://sleepasil.com/

4) Other Food Supplements


I have tried most food supplements, Abs, Cran Uti, Circulan, Memo Plus gold.  Each seem to have it's own miraculous claim based on the commercials.  Some supplements really do help, but the bottom line is that -- even if you take all the supplements in the world -- NOTHING beats eating right, getting enough sleep, drinking lots of water, controlling vices, and getting enough exercise.

Care to add your own vitamin related inputs?

32 comments:

  1. i super like this post! but call center agents should be compensated more due to health issues. not just by vitamins

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    1. You are correct! We need more benefits since its our health we are risking. Thanks for the comment.

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  2. Do you take all these supplements everyday?

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  3. Yeah, you are supposed to take one multivitamin per day

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  4. Vitamn C is also anti oxidant.Actually im taking 500mg a day in tablet form.So far my skin bcame fairer,my frends noticed!Im alredy 38 but looking younger accdg to those who saw my FB acct.More water and 30mins of walking exrcise.Eat fruits and alwys have vege on yur meal n less rice!Bfore im 65kg bt now only 58 kg!Disiplina lng to maintain good healthy life!

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    1. Thanks for sharing that info. I do hope that other CC agents get the discipline they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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    1. Still not too much though...if you do not really need it, you don't have to use it. :D

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  6. chamomile tea works wonders!

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  7. I just took sleep-inducing pills for the first time! Actually said pill is Sleepasil. I read in the prescription that you're supposed to take only a maximum of 6mg per day. It was early afternoon and I wanted to sleep for a few hours so that I can study again and then go back to sleep. So I had no other choice but to allocate the 6mg between those two points in my day when I had to drink. The first 3mg did not work. I felt an undeniable pitch in my eyelids, but it did not lead me to sleep. The second, taken at night and coupled with a glass of milk, finally made me sleep. I do not know though where to attribute my having finally slept though as a combination of multiple factors was at play.

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    1. I don't think Sleepasil works that way. It was meant to help you retain your circadian rythm, meaning = to condition you body to sleep everyday at the same time.

      It's not really meant for you to take just so you can sleep. :D

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  8. hmmmm i'm an online freelancer and usually sleep late .. and i was wondering if stresstab is better than enervon that's why i came to this blog after running a search on google .. however, i am currently taking the latter

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  9. can i buy sleepasil without prescription??? :)

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  10. Hi Riza, since Sleepasil is a dietary supplement, it's an over the counter item. No prescription needed.

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  11. me, i just take "ESSENTIALS". . unlike other supplements or multivitamins, it also has 18 antioxidants! not only that, it has been graded by the BFA and FDA as PHARMACEUTICAL GRADE, meaning other than being safe, its been proven and tested to have an effect on the user, thats why it doesnt have a "NO APPROVED THERAPEUTIC CLAIMS" on their label. and the beast about the product is it ranked as 5-star out of 1600 multivitamins/supplements in Canada and US. And chosen to have an EDITOR'S CHOICE AWARD on Nutritional Supplements by Lyle MacWilliam!

    Im also using the product for 3mos. and it had given me better sleep, even if i slept for 2 hrs, better metabolism, more energy, and better skin integrity. Really Amazing!

    I want to tell more amazing things about it but so if you want to know more about the product, just e-mail me at angel_rikku24@yahoo.com.

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  12. One suggestion is that you take Wheatgrass Powder drink just before sleeping in the morning and just before your meal during your shift. Wheatgrass is packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants and power anti-cancer, anti-fatigue and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Expensive? No, just buy the Rebalance Wheatgrass brand. Only P2,000 per half-kilo. It will last you about 5-6 months of use. Just email me at thj.mercado_chiu@yahoo.com.ph for your orders.

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  13. Blogs are so interactive where we get lots of informative on any topics nice job keep it up !!

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  14. This is amazing information. This is helpful for me na nahihirapan sa pagtulog at nalilito sa kung anong vitamins ang i-take para maging healthy. But yes, having a healthy lifestyle is still the best answer.

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    1. A Healthy Lifestyle will always be the key to everything! I do hope maka adjust ka na sa pagtulog mo. Try to check out my guide on getting better sleep - or Google other sleeping tips as well.

      Thanks for the comment and read.

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  15. whoa, man you're the man!! lol. but yes. I do have sleeping problems... thanks to your post :) I've only read your post for like 5 mins and I'm already a follower. keep making cca life easy.

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    1. Hi Ms. Bibliophile,

      Hey thanks for the comment. Mabuhay tayong mga call center people ng Pinas. :D

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  16. This blog is really helpful!! Thanks!!!

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  17. i suggest you take Usana Essentials: a combination of Mega antioxidant and chelated mineral. Together they provide a broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals and other plant nutrients.
    112 tablets each bottle, costs 3,350 or just 30 per day but it can supply the nutrients your our cells need.
    you can email me for more product info. rkei75@yahoo.com
    thanks

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  18. I really appreciate this post :)
    It really helps a lot :D

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  19. I really enjoyed reading this post , since I started night shift...fever was always present and I'm now trying to look for a good multivitamin that's not hard on the budget. Thanks a lot for sharing this����

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    1. 2013 Revicon is still d cheapest. I do hope naka adjust na body mo

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  20. Guys, may I know what brand of Mulivitamins are you taking? pls

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  21. Hindi ba yan maka apekto sa Kidneys ?\

    Respect my Comment :)

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  22. Thanks for this blog. I just wanted to know about what multivitamins i'll take kasi maliit na nga akung babae payat pa so kailangan ko talagang mag vitamins.

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    1. It helps talaga to take multivitamins...imho

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